Prof Deborah Symmons MD FFPH FRCP

Emeritus Professor

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I completed my undergraduate medical training at the University of Birmingham Medical School. My pre-registration and general medical training were undertaken in the teaching hospitals of Birmingham. I trained in rheumatology at the Hammersmith Hospital, London; Guys Hospital, London and the teaching hospitals of Birmingham. My name was placed on the specialist register for rheumatology in 1986. I trained in Epidemiology at the University of Birmingham and at Erasmus University, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. I joined the Arthritis Research UK Epidemiology Unit in 1989. I was promoted to the Chair of Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Epidemiology in 2001.


  • MB ChB (Birm) 1977
  • MD (Birm) 1987
  • FRCP 1994
  • FFPH 2006 

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

  • American College of Rheumatology
  • Association of Physicians of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • British Society of Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology
  • British Society for Rheumatology (Distinguished member)
  • Royal College of Physicians of London
  • EULAR Honorary Member

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